CoastLine

CoastLine​, a call-in, variety news show airs Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12pm - 1pm on WHQR.

Every week, we’ll look into issues that matter in the Cape Fear Region. Host Rachel Lewis Hilburn will interview expert guests and invite you to join the conversation.

Tell us what topics you would like discussed on CoastLine. Email thoughts and suggestions to coastline@whqr.org.  

You can now subscribe to our CoastLine podcast on iTunes. Search WHQR-FM: CoastLine to hear our most recent shows. 

Remember, this is a LIVE broadcast so please call or email comments and questions to:

CoastLine phone:  910.343.1138 

Email:  coastline@whqr.org

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This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on May 20, 2015.

New Hanover County is seeing a rise in the number of children in need of foster homes. 

While the reasons for the increase aren’t clear, public officials are taking another look at services for kids who have been removed from their family homes because of abuse or neglect.   There is also legislation on the table that would divert more funding to prevent kids coming out of foster care from heading straight into homelessness. 

National Institute on Aging

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on May 13, 2015. 

The onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be one of the more terrifying aspects of growing older.  

While the risk of cognitive impairment increases with age, it is not considered a normal part of the aging process. 

The Williston Alumni Choir Celebrates Their Centennial

Jun 5, 2015

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on May 6, 2015. 

Check out some of the photos from a gorgeous performance by the Williston Alumni Choir. They sang their hearts out and we couldn't be more thankful for their time and talent!

Wilmington Downtown Inc.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 29, 2015. 

There’s good economic news today: unemployment is down slightly, and Wilmington has earned another accolade:  a San Francisco-based financial planning website named it the second-best city in the nation to start a business.

The development of the Cape Fear region – which includes Pender and Brunswick Counties – is all about coordinated strategy.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 22, 2015. 

It was just one week ago that Governor Pat McCrory testified in front of the House subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources about oil and gas exploration off the North Carolina coast. 

Natalie Maynor

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 15, 2015. 

A new culture of foodies and environmentalists has popularized the notion of organic, locally-sourced food. 

And as the foodie community grows in the region, so does the divergence between the people who can afford to make healthier, more sustainable choices, and the people who suffer from food insecurity – which can mean not knowing where the next meal is coming from – or having to choose between paying an electric bill and buying food. 

Town of North Topsail Beach

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 8, 2015. 

Keeping beautiful beaches beautiful, protecting homes and public infrastructure from an encroaching ocean -- these are the challenges that have faced beach communities since people started building on them. 

One important tool for managing a shoreline is beach renourishment – pumping sand onto a beach that is eroding. 

H. Bell

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 1, 2015. 

Will lilacs or peonies grow in the Cape Fear region?  Is Pampas Grass a good landscaping idea?  

Spring is here as we observe greenish-yellow pollen on cars, roadways, and around the edges of local retention ponds. 

April 1st is also the first official day of Ozone Season.  That's when state and local governments begin daily air quality forecasts in metropolitan areas across North Carolina.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 25, 2015. 

The clothesline:  it’s an old-fashioned, even quaint, installation that’s fading from modern culture, but the metaphor it offers is the centerpiece of a new show called The Clothesline Muse playing Kenan Auditorium this Saturday. 

Library of Congress

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 18, 2015. 

March is Womens’ History Month.  

This month doesn’t share the longevity of, say, Black History Month. 

It wasn’t until 1981 that Congress passed a resolution asking the President to proclaim one week in March as “Women’s History Week."  Over the next five years, Congress passed annual resolutions designating "Women’s History Week." 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 11, 2015. 

Terminal groins are hardened structures designed to control the movement of sand and slow erosion on beaches. 

Until just a few years ago, these structures were not legal in North Carolina.  But in 2011, the Legislature lifted the ban to allow four such structures – along with a host of caveats. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on March 4, 2015. 

This January, a jury convicted a Wilmington man of two counts of transporting young women across state lines with the intent to force them into prostitution.  

Last September, a different Wilmington man was sentenced to more than eleven years behind bars for the sex trafficking of minors.  Two men were arrested last August for kidnapping underage girls and forcing them to work. 

Human trafficking is alive and well in southeastern North Carolina.  

PBS.org

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on February 25, 2015. 

It’s the last week of Black History Month in 2015. 

Although the celebration is 89 years old and some (famously, Morgan Freeman) question the need for a separate month, local African history experts say that need is as strong as ever.

On this edition of CoastLine:  it’s Part Two of our exploration of Black History Month in 21st century North Carolina. 

Dilemma-X

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on February 18, 2015.

It’s February.  And that means that it’s Black History Month.

On this edition of CoastLine, we examine how we're handling this month in 21st century North Carolina and why the discussion of African history is inextricably intertwined with the contemporary issues of race with which we grapple today. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on February 11, 2015. 

Offshore oil and gas exploration:  could it come to the North Carolina coast? 

Waters along the eastern seaboard from Virginia to Georgia are included in a draft plan released by the Obama Administration at the end of last month.  If the area is not, at some point, excluded from the proposal,  lease sales could happen by 2021. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on February 4, 2015. 

In less than one year, the Cape Fear region has witnessed the resignations of half a dozen high-profile members of the leadership at UNCW.  

Less than two weeks ago, the President of Cape Fear Community College, Ted Spring, suddenly announced his resignation.  No reason has been given by either Spring or CFCC's Board of Trustees for the unexpected development. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on January 28, 2015. 

Three Comprehensive Plans are simultaneously taking shape in the Cape Fear region.

The tri-county region, made up of Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender County, is widely expected to undergo a steep upward trend in population over the next 25 years.  Some estimates put the number at more than a quarter of a million new residents. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on January 21, 2015. 

By this spring, Vertex Rail will begin manufacturing railroad tank cars.

Company officials will spend the next several months up-fitting the Wilmington plant, which was once an old crane production facility, for its highly-specialized operations. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on January 14, 2015. 

Seating the two newest commissioners in New Hanover County has been anything but smooth. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on January 7, 2015. 

North Carolina lawmakers head back to Raleigh January 14th to elect House and Senate leaders.  

Governor Pat McCrory is already naming economic incentives as his number one priority this session -- just as Mercedes-Benz announces plans to locate in Atlanta thanks to millions of dollars in incentives from Georgia.

On this edition of CoastLine, Representatives Ted Davis and Susi Hamilton of New Hanover County join us to shine a light on this year’s agenda.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on December 17, 2014.

When it's time to prepare for the holiday season, one of the richest and most inspiring elements can be holiday food.

For home cooks, the feelings around cooking for loved ones – and crowds at that -- can span the spectrum from excitement about creating new seasonal culinary traditions to dread over satisfying the always-finicky, less-than-adventurous in-laws. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on December 10, 2014.

The debate over film incentives in North Carolina erupted on the public stage last year when two state RepresentativesRick Catlin from New Hanover County and Chris Millis of Pender Countysponsored a bill that would fundamentally change the structure of the tax rebate.  

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on December 3, 2014.

As the populations of Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover Counties continue to swell, accommodating the movement of people and goods requires much more creativity and innovation than just widening roads or building more of them.  

In this edition of CoastLine, we explore how some transportation policy makers envision the future… and how the funding game is changingat both the state and federal levels.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on November 19, 2014.

The Special Use Permit is only about three years old in New Hanover County. 

Center for Family Violence Prevention

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on November 12, 2014.

Investigations over alleged cases of domestic violence continue to populate newscasts on a near-daily basis. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on November 5, 2014.  

Republicans effectively walloped Democrats in these mid-term electionssweeping into power with a majority in both Chambers on Capitol Hill.

At the state and local levels, election results generally mirrored the national pattern. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on September 10, 2014.

How will a $160 million general obligation bond issue impact the New Hanover County Public School System, and what impact would its passage have on property owners?    

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on September 3, 2014.

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri sparked questions nationwide over the use of excessive force.

But concerns have been brewing in the Cape Fear region over tensions between police and community residents for months. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on August 27, 2014. 

How does art for art’s sake impact a child’s developmentand is there a way to incorporate the arts as a vehicle for teaching other disciplines?  

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on August 20, 2014. 

Ending Chronic Homelessness in ten years:  it’s a commitment that the City of Wilmington, three local county governments, service providers, and the United Way made six years ago.  Slightly past the halfway point, the number of chronically homeless people in the region is down by more than half. 

Audacious is the word Katrina Knight uses to describe her first reaction to the notion that ending chronic homelessness was possible. 

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